Opening For Postdoctoral Position - The Sainsbury Laboratory

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Postdoctoral Position - The Sainsbury Laboratory

 A position is available at the Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) within the 2Blades group. Within this team we aim to develop and deploy durable and race-independent resistance against Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) in collaboration with DuPont Pioneer and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil. Caused by the obligate biotrophic fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi, ASR is one of the most damaging pathogens in soybean cultivation and poses a formidable challenge for growers and breeders.
We are aiming to recruit a highly motivated researcher that will be responsible for tackling the (patho) genomic challenges in this project. Using a combination of next generation sequencing technology and experimental approaches, the successful candidate will pursue fundamental questions about the basic biology of P. pachyrhizi. In addition, the appointee would be involved in studying plant defence responses against this pathogen. Finally, the appointee is expected to develop novel ways to facilitate the discovery of resistance against P. pachyrhizi. To reach these goals the candidate will be supported by the TSL bioinformatics team and will have access to high performance computing facilities, as well as excellent lab facilities.
We seek an individual with outstanding talent and abilities in molecular biology, phytopathology, genomics and sequencing technologies. The candidate should have a demonstrated record of achievement in academia or industry, and an eagerness to work as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, international team. The successful candidate should have excellent writing skills and a talent for communication. In addition, he/she should have an interest in plant disease resistance and a desire to see research outcomes reach practical application. An understanding of obligate biotrophic pathogens and/or base competence in a scripting language would be highly advantageous. A Ph.D. bioinformatics, phytopathology, plant or molecular biology is required 
We offer a salary within the UEA Research and Analogous staff Grade 7 scale at between £30,728 and £36,661; however, the appointment level will reflect qualifications, skills, knowledge and achievements.
The position will initially be a two-year appointment with the possibility of a further two-year extension.
The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world leader in plant and microbial science that is dedicated to making fundamental discoveries in the science of plant-microbe interactions. TSL has expanded its scientific mission not only to continue providing fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions, but also to deliver novel, genomics-based solutions that will significantly reduce losses from major crop diseases, especially in developing countries. For more information please visit For more information on the Soybean Rust research performed at TSL please visit

 The position is open until filled, but we will begin to select applicants for interview from August 15th 2014. Applicants should provide a CV, including the names and contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4 addressing the selection criteria. Please send formal applications, quoting the reference number below, either by e-mail to or by post to Kim Blanchflower, HR Manager, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UH.